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Twelve Sharp by Janet Evanovich

Twelve Sharp (2006)

by Janet Evanovich

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Series: Stephanie Plum (12)

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Audio book narrated by Lorelei King

I had gotten a bit tired of this series so stopped a couple of years ago. However, when looking for a new audio book for my daily commute, I came across a couple of the Stephanie Plum series and decided to give them a go. I’m glad I did.

Stephanie is up to her usual adventures as a not-too-successful bounty enforcement agent. Vinnie’s out of town, so she, Lula and Connie are left managing the bail bonds office on their own. The plot takes here focuses on Ranger and his private life, and we learn a lot more about him. It all starts when a woman dressed all in black, driving a black “range-mobile” SUV comes to the office and introduces herself as “Mrs. Carlos Manoso” (i.e. Ranger’s wife). She doesn’t appreciate Stephanie putting the moves on her husband, and isn’t about to take Stephanie’s word for it that she and Ranger are only business colleagues.

Stephanie tries to ignore her, but something isn’t quite right here. Ranger has left town and he isn’t answering his phone. When a body is discovered things get dangerous quickly, and now Stephanie finds herself looking for a murderer, not just a skip.

Of course there is the usual tension between Stephanie, Morelli, and Ranger. And it wouldn’t be a Plum mystery without the usual weirdos and inept criminals, not to mention Grandma Mazur’s trip to the funeral home (they should know by now to weld the casket shut).

Lorelei King is a wonderful voice artist, and her reading really added to my enjoyment. My only quarrel with this audio CD is that it begins and ends with an annoyingly sweet music backdrop. PUH-LEEZ! This is Joisey, not a Midwestern church ladies meeting. ( )
  BookConcierge | Mar 3, 2016 |
The day Mrs. "Ranger" pulls up in a car alongside Stephanie Plum accusing the bond enforcer of cavorting with her husband is just the beginning of a painfully difficult time for Ms. Plum. Ranger himself is a fugitive from the law as he has been accused of kidnapping his own daughter Julie. After the faux 'wife' is murdered the killer sets his sights on Stephanie. The suspect is a Ranger wannabe who is trying to take over Ranger's life including Julie and Stephanie to fulfill his fantasies of a perfect little Ranger family. When Stephanie agrees to become bait for the killer, Ranger moves into her apartment to keep her safe closely followed by Joe Morelli who also moves in to keep her safe from Ranger. Somehow the killer manages to stay one step ahead of everyone and he soon has Stephanie and Julie shackled and gagged in a rusty old house trailer.

This is one of my favorite in the series so far. The humor was there as usual but this one really had a lot of tension and suspense. The secondary characters are always so much fun and it was nice to see Stephanie open her heart to one of the two men in her life.
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  Ellen_R | Jan 15, 2016 |
Formula-driven story that I still find amusing, even when rereading it all of these years later. Does Stephanie ever improve her skills, make better decisions or choose between Ranger and Morelli? Ah no, not really. But you can count on her to find herself in unusual and funny situations, especially with the cast of regulars as well as bad guys and skips she’s attempting to capture.

This one is a little more personal and emotional as Ranger’s daughter is kidnapped by a guy who looks like Ranger, and a woman shows up claiming to be Ranger’s wife and knows that Stephanie has been messing around with her husband.

Forget the fact that nothing ever changes and just enjoy the laughs. ( )
  dearheart | Jul 7, 2015 |
After the movie, One for the Money (I loved it), I wanted to read the books. I was half happy and half disappointed (to be fair the first few books were better than the rest - I've read 17 or 18). The writing isn't anything special but there is banter and wit (which is waning). I love her grandma, the ex-hooker, and some other random side characters - that and the witty moments kept me coming back for more.

By the time of the 5th book (or at least by the 10th) you would think she would start to get the hang of her job or get a new one - nope. At a certain point she is just a pretty woman of 30ish who can't pick from 2 men (or choose to move on from both), who is bad at her job, and relies on luck and the men in her life to save her (to be fair I think of one time she was saved by a woman).

So why do I keep reading? In spite of how annoying she is, and how she is hopelessly in love with 2 mildly mentally abusive men? Despite all the half attractive or good guys being over 6 ft tall for some reason and all the other men are taken or ugly? The reason is the supporting crazy characters, and the fading wit. ( )
  mlg11031112 | Apr 10, 2015 |
Twitter review (140 characters of less):

Ranger is forever my favourite male character after this book. I could not stop reading it. It's funny, intense, and sometimes really sad. ( )
  beearedee | Feb 14, 2015 |
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Woohoo!  To team Evanovich:  Alex, Peter and SuperJen
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When I was twelve years old I accidentally substituted salt for sugar in a cake recipe.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0312349483, Hardcover)

Welcome to Trenton, New Jersey, where bounty hunter Stephanie Plum's life is about to implode in Janet Evanovich's wildest, hottest novel yet!
While chasing down the usual cast of miscreants and weirdos Stephanie discovers that a crazed woman is stalking her.
The woman dresses in black, carries a 9mm Glock, and has a bad attitude and a mysterious connection to dark and dangerous Carlos Manoso …street name, Ranger.
The action turns deadly serious, and Stephanie goes from hunting skips to hunting a murderer.
Ranger needs Stephanie for more reasons than he can say.  And now, the two are working together to find a killer, rescue a missing child, and stop a lunatic from raising the body count.  When Stephanie Plum and Ranger get too close for comfort, vice cop Joe Morelli (her on-again, off-again boyfriend) steps in. 
Will the ticking clock stop at the stroke of twelve, or will a stranger in the wind find a way to stop Stephanie Plum…forever?  Filled with Janet Evanovich's trademark action, nonstop adventure, and sharp humor, Twelve Sharp shows why her novels have been called "hot stuff" (The New York Times), and Evanovich herself "the master" (San Francisco Examiner). 

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In Trenton, New Jersey, bounty hunter Stephanie Plum is trying to track down a female stalker.

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